Thursday, December 15, 2022

Amazfit Pop 2 review: A large display at a low cost


At first glance, the Amazfit Pop 2 has impressive specifications, but does this translate into a positive experience? We discover.

The smartwatch known as the Amazfit Pop 2 is not your typical Amazfit model. First, it doesn't work with the standard Zepp app; instead, it has a separate app called Zepp Active. Second, it has an operating system that I have not yet encountered on any other Amazfit smartwatch (more on that later). But only a review can tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing, and here is mine.

The design of the Amazfit Pop 2 is without a doubt exceptional. The strap has just the right amount of softness—enough to make it feel comfortable while still being tough. In the meantime, the dial is made of zinc alloy and has a finish that is so shiny that it can serve as a mirror. With a weight of 59 grams, the watch's choice of materials places it at the heavier end of the smartwatch weight spectrum. The Samsung Galaxy Watch4 weighs 30 grams, for comparison. It's implied that you will feel the presence of the watch on your wrist consistently - there will be no wearing and neglecting. However, the watch's Rs 3,999 price tag is offset by the watch's weight, so this isn't the only drawback. Even though I wore it for the entire day, there was no pain or itching.

One of the Amazfit Pop 2's strongest selling points may be its 1.78-inch AMOLED display. It has a density of 326 ppi, which is typical for smartphones. You won't be able to see any pixelation even if you try to squint. The display looks sharp even in direct sunlight, making it easy to read even in bright sunlight. However, since there is no auto-brightness support, you might have to manually turn the brightness up to its maximum setting on days with more sunlight.

Always-on support is one of the most important features for me to have on a budget smartwatch. Being a fan of analog watches, I don't like having to rotate my wrist to see the time even when I'm seated. Additionally, there is the factor of coolness at play: if your watch has such a beautiful display, why should it remain lifeless while worn? As a result, I was compelled to immediately activate the Amazfit Pop 2's always-on support feature when I looked through the device's spec sheet.

It goes without saying that always-on is not enabled by default. To get to it and turn it on, you'll have to go through some menus. Battery life is the obvious reason for this. On smartphones, always-on mode drains battery life, and the same holds true for smartwatches. Pop 2 typically lasted for about a week between charges. However, battery life decreases to just two to three days when AOD is turned on and the heart is continuously monitored. Despite that, I continued to use it with it on throughout. With a magnetic cable, charging is hardly an issue. Put that on the watch's back, and the battery will go from 0% to 100% in about 1.5 hours.

The Amazfit Pop 2 has over a hundred sports modes and a number of health-tracking features to help you stay in shape. While exercise following is exact, information can here and there be a gnawed off. I can't fault the price, though. Step tracking could be a lot better. The watch may occasionally register false steps, resulting in unwarranted spikes in your data if you commute using something other than your foot. Furthermore, these spikes are not insignificant. As of this writing, the Zepp Active app indicates that I have walked more than 17 kilometers in about two weeks, but the truth is the complete opposite. However, sleep tracking is mostly accurate.

The watch's potential is severely limited, despite the fact that it provides more than a hundred sports modes. I couldn't find anything on the watch or app about women's health, and I'm not sure if that can be added with a firmware update.

Moving on to the components of the software, they have been well put together. The Zepp Active app is clean and simple to use, but dark mode at night would have been nice. The app's fixed notification, with random corny "motivational" quotes that hardly had anything to do with fitness, was one thing that bothered me. Thankfully, you can disable those.

Regarding notifications, the watch's provided me with no issues. I never missed anything when they showed up on time. I had to switch to soft mode because the haptics motor isn't the best; it has a bite, and sometimes strong made me jump.

The Bluetooth calling experience is not particularly satisfying. It just about completes the task. Even though the watch's speakers are fairly loud, comparable to those of a basic phone, the volume levels of calls were always a little too low. To hear the other party, I had to almost put my watch against my ear. Furthermore, the other party grumbled they couldn't hear me too well by the same token.

Remember when I said that Pop 2's software is unique? LinWear Smart Watch is the developer email on the Zepp Active Play Store listing, which is intriguing. Since the primary Zepp application is by Huami, the previous name for Amazfit. Watches for Realme's Dizo brand are produced by LinWear, which appears to be an ODM. This also raises questions regarding the original manufacturing process.

Amazfit Pop 2: Conclusion The Amazfit Pop 2 is a product with a lot going for it. It has a great display, great build quality, and a good user experience. I was initially skeptical due to the watch's appearance to not be manufactured by Amazfit, but those doubts dissipated as I used it. The low volume when using Bluetooth calling and the inaccurate step tracking were my primary issues. In any case, this is a financial plan gadget, that offers a lot of highlights and a major presentation at under Rs 5,000. The issue that the Amazfit Pop 2 faces is that it will be difficult to stand out in a market dominated by numerous alternatives that offer greater fitness accuracy at comparable price points.

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